Equipment’s Lists, getting the right Kilimanjaro equipment will make a dent in your budget. But there is no way around it; you need good gear for Kilimanjaro. Being cold, wet and miserable does not increase your summit chances.
Equipment lists – What Kilimanjaro gear to take and why
The Kilimanjaro equipment list below has all the essential gear that you need for your Kilimanjaro climb.
It tells you why you need it and a bit about the different options you have when buying equipment specifically for your Kilimanjaro climb.
Camping Equipment for Kilimanjaro
Footwear – Boots
Outer Clothing Layers
Thermal under layers have two functions. They insulate against cold and they draw moisture away from the body (they are breathable or wicking). But beware, that wicking effect only works if ALL the layers you wear do it. Most good fleeces are breathable and your rainwear also should be.
As explained above, the key to staying warm on Kilimanjaro is wearing many layers, so bring a couple of pairs of long johns and long sleeved thermal tops. I use one pair to walk in and one bone dry pair to sleep in and to also wear on summit night.
I can recommend the Icebreaker brand from New Zealand, because as the lady in the specialist shop who sold it to me explained: You can wear them every day for a whole month and you’ll still never be lonely, they don’t smell
Everybody is different in their tolerance for cold, so do use your own judgment regarding how many and how high quality thermal under layers you take. Thermals come in different ratings. I live in the tropics and only the best and warmest will do for me. I also have a nice, comfortable pair of fleece pants to go over the long johns and under the trekking pants.
Whatever you take, do make sure you’ll have dry clothes on summit night.
Additional Kilimanjaro equipment for the cold
You also need gloves and a wooly hat, and maybe something to cover your ears if the hat doesn’t.
Kilimanjaro equipment for warm weather and around camp
Other Kilimanjaro Equipment
I never used a camel back. I can’t stand those things. I carry one or two smaller bottles on the outside of my pack where I or a climbing partner can easily get to them, and refill or change them during breaks.
If you do get a camel back make sure it is fully insulated, including the tubing. Also make sure that during the summit night you ALWYAS blow the water back into the bladder or it will freeze in the tube and mouth piece.
Add a Sigh style metal / aluminum water bottles to your Kilimanjaro equipment list. Why? They double as hot water bottles at night. (All water on Kilimanjaro needs to be boiled for drinking, and your team should boil a big tub every night to fill all bottles.)
Wrap any damp clothing items that you want to dry around the bottle and shove it in the bottom of your sleeping bag before you climb in. Bliss and your clothes are dry in the morning.
You should also have a medical kit in your Kilimanjaro equipment, especially when doing budget climbs! I will write a separate page about that.